Quilt Along: In and Out Quilt Week 1 of 5

Wahoo!  I am so excited about this new free Wednesday Quilt Along!  And I’m excited and grateful for your help as I begin my journey as a quilt pattern author.

My goal is to create great patterns with great instructions that are accurate and easy to follow.  And I can accomplish this with your help. As you work through the instructions each week, you will have the opportunity to give me your feedback. I can then take your feedback and make my pattern better.

So let me start by telling you the concept for this quilt. I wanted to design a quilt that was created from just one block.  I have a love of simple quilts that look sophisticated. I love my friends to marvel over a pattern they think is complicated, but when I show them the simple block, they are amazed.

In and Out is exactly that kind of quilt.

I also wanted to design something that would use charm squares. I always have three or four charm packs that I’ve purchased with no quilt in mind. I buy them because I love the fabrics, and I figure I will find a quilt to put them in.  I suspect you may be the same way.  In and Out is made of charm squares and background fabric.

I like In and Out because you can use it with scraps, or fabrics from your stash.  I like patterns that have that versatility. That way, you can use the pattern in the way that best fits your quilting, whether you have a charm pack to use, or you simply want to lighten the load in your scrap basket.

Fabric Choices

If you would like to order the exact fabrics I will be using in my quilt, click here to buy the kit. The kit contains fabric for the top only. You will want to use fabric for the backing and binding from your stash.

Now here’s a secret. The quilt you see in the picture was sewn by a friend of mine, Sonya Craig.   Sonya is a very accomplished quilter, with fabulous workmanship. I asked Sonya if she would help me out by piecing this quilt pattern with very little instructions, and she was very sweet to say yes! For the Quilt Along, I will be piecing the quilt along with you, and will make a second quilt of the same pattern that I can keep for myself.


Materials you will need:

Fabric for Quilt Top:

  • 1 1/2 yards of assorted pastel fabrics or 72 five-inch charm squares
  • 2 3/4 yards of white background fabric or 144 five-inch charm squares

Bias Binding

  • 3/4 yard coordinating fabric


  • 4 3/4 yards of backing fabric


Now, let’s talk about prizes!  

During the Quilt Along, you will have a chance to win a prize each week.  Here is another secret. Because this is my first Quilt Along, I anticipate only a handful of quilters will take me up on this challenge and participate. That means you have a really good chance of winning the prize each week!  Prizes will be tools and gadgets from The Quilted Turtle Shop. These are some of my favorite gadgets, and I think you will like them.

To enter each week’s drawing, all you have to do is take a photo of your completed weekly assignment before the following Wednesday, and you will be entered to win. You will be posting photos on the Quilted Turtle Facebook Page with a hashtag of #InandOutQuiltAlong.  Super easy!  If you need instructions on how to post an image, please contact me, and I can help you out.

So here are your instructions for Week 1.

  • Choose the fabric you will use for this challenge
  • Take a photo and post in the Quilted Turtle Facebook page to enter the prize drawing. Your photo can look just like this.
  • Watch your email for next week’s link to the Week 2 instruction page.

That’s it for this week!  Here is a schedule of what we will be working on each week so you have an idea of what’s coming.

Week 1 – Introduction, choose fabric for quilt.

Week 2 – Cutting the pieces you will need to make the quilt.

Week 3 – Sew half square triangles.

Week 4 – Assemble blocks.

Week 5 – Sew the blocks together into the full quilt.

Week 6 – Show and Tell – See quilts from everyone who has submitted photos!

I’m super excited to see what fabrics you’ve chosen!  Your next assignment will arrive in your inbox next week.

And be sure to forward the link to this page to your friends. They can jump in any time and quilt this free pattern along with us!

Happy Quilting,